Buck Permits on Sale

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A total of 153 Central Region permits will be among the general buck deer hunting permits available for purchase at the Division of Wildlife Resources' Internet Web site, and its six offices, beginning at 6 a.m. on July 18.

"This is the second year that Utah residents have been allowed to purchase permits not taken by nonresidents in our big game draws," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "There were 153 Central Region permits that weren't taken by nonresidents in the draws. These will be available to both residents and nonresidents, beginning at 6 a.m. on July 18."

Nonresidents will also be allowed to purchase permits that residents don't take. The following general buck deer permits for this fall's hunts will be available to both residents and nonresidents beginning July 18:

  • Statewide archery 6,513
  • Northern rifle or muzzleloader 14,936
  • Central rifle or muzzleloader 153
  • Northeastern rifle or muzzleloader 3,975
  • Southeastern rifle or muzzleloader Sold out
  • Southern rifle or muzzleloader Sold out

"The Central Region permits will go fast, and I encourage people who want one to log onto the Internet at 6 a.m., or to be in line at one of our offices before 6 a.m.," Tutorow says. "You don't need to be here at 6 a.m. if you want something other than a Central Region permit. There are plenty of other permits available and you can get one by visiting our Web site, or our offices, at your convenience."

Visiting this Internet site is the quickest and easiest way to get a permit, but you need an American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa credit card to do so. Hunters who don't have a credit card must visit a Division office in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Springville, Vernal, Price or Cedar City.

Utah resident permits cost $35. Nonresident permits cost $208.

Hunters who purchase a statewide archery permit are reminded that in addition to the regular general archery season, which runs Aug. 17 - Sept. 13, they may also hunt extended seasons on the Wasatch Front and Uintah Basin extended archery areas. The hunt on the Wasatch Front area runs Aug. 17 - Dec. 31, while the hunt on the Uintah Basin area runs Aug. 17 - Nov. 3.

For more information call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office, or the Division's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.